Dr Richard Muhlack

Richard Muhlack
Lecturer in Fermentation-Process Engineering
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Richard Muhlack has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and 16+ years of wine sector experience in various industry and research roles across process analysis and simulation, cleaner production and energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, waste treatment and environmental management. In 2007 his research was the subject of an Econsearch report commissioned by GWRDC "Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Hero Project". In 2008 Dr Muhlack was awarded a DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award (GWRDC Award).

In January 2014 Dr Muhlack transitioned from industry-based R&D (with the Hardy Wine Company across 1999-2008 and then AWRI from 2008-2014) to the University of Adelaide and now holds an academic position within the School of Agriculture Food and Wine, where he is working to pursue research and technical development projects in the following areas:

* Kinetic modelling of fermentation, extraction, adsorption processes during food and wine production
* Industrial Process Simulation and Optimisation
* Process efficiency and techno-economics
* CFD modelling and design of food and beverage process equipment
* Instrumentation and process automation
* Image analysis
* Energy and Water Efficiency
* Biofuels
* Refrigeration, HEX networks and Cleaner Production
* Winery Engineering
* Winery Wastewater Treatment

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Dr Richard Muhlack

Dr Richard Muhlack has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and 16+ years of wine sector experience in various industry and research roles across process analysis and simulation, cleaner production and energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, waste treatment and environmental management. In 2007 his research was the subject of an Econsearch report commissioned by GWRDC "Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Hero Project". In 2008 Dr Muhlack was awarded a DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award (GWRDC Award).

In January 2014 Dr Muhlack transitioned from industry-based R&D (with the Hardy Wine Company across 1999-2008 and then AWRI from 2008-2014) to the University of Adelaide and now holds an academic position within the School of Agriculture Food and Wine, where he is working to pursue research and technical development projects in the following areas:

* Kinetic modelling of fermentation, extraction, adsorption processes during food and wine production
* Industrial Process Simulation and Optimisation
* Process efficiency and techno-economics
* CFD modelling and design of food and beverage process equipment
* Instrumentation and process automation
* Image analysis
* Energy and Water Efficiency
* Biofuels
* Refrigeration, HEX networks and Cleaner Production
* Winery Engineering
* Winery Wastewater Treatment

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2014 Lecturer - Fermentation / Process Engineering The University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2008 Award DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award Winner
2004 Fellowship Roger Pysden Memorial Fellowship

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2002 - 2005 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Chemical Engineering)
1996 - 1999 The University of Adelaide Australia BE (Chem) Hons

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Marshall, J., Morton, B., Muhlack, R., Chittleborough, D. & Kwong, C. (2017). Recovery of phosphate from calcium-containing aqueous solution resulting from biochar- induced calcium phosphate precipitation.. Journal of Cleaner Production, 165, 27-35.
10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.07.042
2016 Muhlack, R., O Neill, B., Waters, E. & Colby, C. (2016). Optimal Conditions for Controlling Haze-Forming Wine Protein with Bentonite Treatment: Investigation of Matrix Effects and Interactions Using a Factorial Design. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 9, 6, 936-943.
10.1007/s11947-016-1682-5
2012 Marangon, M., Van Sluyter, S., Robinson, E., Muhlack, R., Holt, H., Haynes, P. ... Waters, E. (2012). Degradation of white wine haze proteins by Aspergillopepsin I and II during juice flash pasteurization. Food Chemistry, 135, 3, 1157-1165.
10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.05.042
2007 Muhlack, R., Waters, E., Lim, A., O'Neill, B. & Colby, C. (2007). An alternative method for purification of a major thaumatin-like grape protein (VVTL1) responsible for haze formation in white wine. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2, 1, 70-74.
10.1002/apj.29
2006 Muhlack, R., Nordestgaard, S., Waters, E., O'Neill, B., Lim, A. & Colby, C. (2006). In-line dosing for bentonite fining of wine or juice: Contact time, clarification, product recovery and sensory effects. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 12, 3, 221-234.
10.1111/j.1755-0238.2006.tb00062.x
2005 Waters, E., Alexander, G., Muhlack, R., Pocock, K., Colby, C., O'Neill, B. ... Jones, P. (2005). Preventing protein haze in bottled white wine. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 11, 2, 215-225.
10.1111/j.1755-0238.2005.tb00289.x

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2012 Stockley, C., Varela, C., Coulter, A., Dry, P., Francis, I., Muhlack, R. & Pretorius, I. (2012). Controlling the highs and the lows of alcohol in wine. In A. S. Peeters (Ed.), Wine: Types, Production and Health (pp. 281-299). USA: Nova Science Publishers.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2011 O'Neill, B., Van Heeswijck, T. & Muhlack, R. (2011). Models for predicting wine fermentation kinetics. Chemeca: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering. Sydney.
2009 van Eyk, P., Muhlack, R. & Ashman, P. (2009). Gasification of grape marc in a circulating fluidised bed. Australian Combustion Symposium. Brisbane.
2004 Muhlack, R., Waters, E., O'Neill, B., Lim, A. & Colby, C. (2004). New insights into the adsorption of haze-forming proteins by bentonite during winemaking. CHEMECA. A. A. Adesina (Ed.) Sydney, Australia.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2015 Kwong, C. W. & Muhlack, R. A., (2015). Improving vineyard water efficiency by addition of biochar derived from grape stalks and vineyard prunings,

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2016 - ongoing Member American Society of Enology and Viticulture United States
2015 - ongoing Member Winery Engineers Association Australia
2014 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Australia
Position
Lecturer in Fermentation-Process Engineering
Phone
83136771
Fax
8313 7116
Campus
Waite
Building
Wine Science Laboratory
Room Number
1 06b
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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